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A day late, and
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I found a pistol at my LGS that has a nick, well actually its deep enough to be a gouge, and has a sharp edge to it. Anyways, he is offering enough of a discount to interest me. This gouge is on top of the slide of a Colt LW Commander, about midway from the top down to the polished portion of the slide in the unpolished section.

How would a guy go about smoothing off the edge of the gouge, putting a little cold blueing on it, without doing more damage than what's there?


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Difficult to say without handling it. Hard without pictures. Nearly impossible with a vague description.

Photos will be a good start.

If the gouge is in steel, it may be built up and refinished by hand using files and hand tools. Alternately it may be blended out with jewelers files. Finish in the area may be polishot blasting, depending on the surface you want.
 
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Jeweler's files, most probably. The mark will probably always be there unless you have the slide professionally refinished, but you can get rid of any nasty catch or burr.



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Call CCR and see if they can perform some magic (if the gun is worth putting money into).
 
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This dealer wants $800 for this gun, do you guys think it's worth it to go to through this trouble, on this pistol?


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This dealer wants $800 for this gun, do you guys think it's worth it to go to through this trouble, on this pistol?

That's your call, however I would pass on it. It will always be a repaired gun.
 
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I wouldn't bother myself; financially it doesn't pencil out at a $800 buy-in, presuming that the gun is otherwise new to start with. For instance, Bud's sells a NIB LW Commander for $920 (cash price). Not much room left to fix a flaw of that magnitude, which in the end you'll still wind up with a repaired gun that's not original to the factory.
 
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If you are looking for this particular gun for a carry gun that you will use hard, take off the sharp spot and cold blue it. Use the hell out of it.

If you are thinking of trying to make the nick go away, pass.


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I wouldn't bother myself; financially it doesn't pencil out at a $800 buy-in, presuming that the gun is otherwise new to start with. For instance, Bud's sells a NIB LW Commander for $920 (cash price). Not much room left to fix a flaw of that magnitude, which in the end you'll still wind up with a repaired gun that's not original to the factory.


This... Gouge not considered, it's still a used gun. If it didn't have the gouge, $800 might be a fair price, or maybe $825 - $850 if it was truly LNIB when balanced against $920 for NIB. I'd pass unless they came down on the price considerably.



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It is a brand new pistol.

Would be used for carry.


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Buy it if you can get it at greatly reduced price.
If it were me using it for a carry gun, I would smooth it out and enjoy it; might even make up a story on how the nick/gouge got there.. Wink

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It is a brand new pistol.

Would be used for carry.
 
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It is a brand new pistol.

Would be used for carry.


If it's brand new, how did it get the gouge?
The discount doesn't sound even close to what it should be for the damage it has.
A new slide might be a better solution than the price of a skilled repair job.
 
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Originally posted by Warhorse:
It is a brand new pistol.

Would be used for carry.


If it's brand new, how did it get the gouge?
The discount doesn't sound even close to what it should be for the damage it has.
A new slide might be a better solution than the price of a skilled repair job.

It's supposedly a display model, and got banged against the metal frame of the display case.


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Make the shop an offer you'd feel comfortable living with the gouge...or at least a savings enough to allow you to have it repaired and still be below the price of a new pistol w/o damage.


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Let the dealer get it repaired. He may even have insurance for such events.
 
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After mulling over my thoughts, and reading these posts, I have made up my mind to pass on this Colt.

If I were the one who damaged my gun, I could certainly live with it, but on a brand new gun damaged at the store, I can imagine it would always bug me, if that makes any sense.

Thanks for your thoughts guys.


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After mulling over my thoughts, and reading these posts, I have made up my mind to pass on this Colt...


I think you made the right call here. I know you see and will see many more good opportunities.


Risk the consequences of honesty...
 
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I found a pistol at my LGS that has a nick, well actually its deep enough to be a gouge, and has a sharp edge to it. Anyways, he is offering enough of a discount to interest me. This gouge is on top of the slide of a Colt LW Commander, about midway from the top down to the polished portion of the slide in the unpolished section.

How would a guy go about smoothing off the edge of the gouge, putting a little cold blueing on it, without doing more damage than what's there?


Any way you can get a picture? If it's not to bad a little stoning and light polishing should do the trick. If it's really deep it will be a little more involved than that.
 
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